Pochettino: “I am happy with the commitment of Christian. He ran a lot, he was very committed to the team. I’m not concerned about him.”
By Dan Sansom
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Mauricio Pochettino says he’s proud of Christian Eriksen’s dedication to Tottenham regardless of the midfielder not having his “best game” in opposition to Olympiakos.
Spurs threw away a two-goal lead as they opened up their Champions League marketing campaign with a 2-2 draw in opposition to the Greek facet on Thursday, and Eriksen’s show drew criticism as he struggled to make an impression.
Nonetheless, the Denmark worldwide – who had been linked with a transfer away from Spurs this summer season earlier than the European switch window closed – nonetheless has the complete backing of his supervisor.
“I was happy with Eriksen’s performance [against Olympiakos],” Pochettino mentioned at his press convention on Thursday. “Possibly yesterday wasn’t his finest recreation – just like the crew – however I suppose the standard of the efficiency wasn’t the perfect from us.
“I am happy with the commitment of Christian. He ran a lot, he was very committed to the team. I’m not concerned about him.”
Dele Alli additionally struggled in Athens in what was his first begin for the reason that Champions League last in June, however the Spurs boss additionally quashed any options that he is perhaps sad along with his efficiency ranges.
“Dele is a unique scenario,” Pochettino added. “He obtained injured at first of the season and it was his first begin of the season, so he wants time to recuperate and I am proud of him too – along with his efficiency and his effort. He simply wants time.”
‘Mentality not a problem’
Tottenham’s draw in opposition to Olympiakos was already the second time this season they’ve let a 2-Zero lead slip, having additionally led by two targets in opposition to Arsenal within the north London derby.
Their end result on Thursday led to options that there might be a mentality problem throughout the facet, however Pochettino dismissed that concept.
“No I do not say that [we need to be mentally tougher] – we have to enhance in all facets,” he mentioned.
“Main 2-Zero in opposition to Arsenal, main 2-Zero in opposition to Olympiakos, I suppose we aren’t speaking about high quality, we’re speaking about in this sort of scenario managing the sport higher and dealing higher with this sort of scenario.
“A few months ago we were in the final of the Champions League and we were not talking about mentality. We got a lot of praise because we were in the final. We need to create a dynamic to match every opponent.”
‘Leicester have rebuilt since PL win’
Spurs face one other robust take a look at away from house this weekend in opposition to Leicester, one of many contenders to interrupt into the Premier League prime six this season.
Tottenham have received 4 of their final 5 league video games in opposition to the Foxes however Brendan Rodgers’ facet have made a optimistic begin to the brand new marketing campaign and sit degree with Spurs on eight factors.
“In the Premier League we know each other really well,” Pochettino mentioned. “Leicester is an excellent crew with a whole lot of good, unbelievable gamers.
“After successful the Premier League they’ve rebuilt their squad and right now are doing incredible with a fantastic supervisor like Brendan Rodgers, who I know rather well.”
Spurs at the moment have three gamers sidelined by way of damage forward of the match. Summer time signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are out with hip and hamstring accidents respectively, whereas Juan Foyth can be absent.